Total War: ARENA Open Beta Launches February 22

Carthage enters the fray, led by legendary commanders Hannibal and Hasdrubal

Wargaming Alliance and Creative Assembly today announce that the Total War: ARENA Open Beta will launch February 22. To mark the occasion, the fearsome faction of Carthage descends on the battlefield. This fourth playable faction introduces legendary commanders Hannibal Barca and Hasdrubal Barca, along with brand-new units and gameplay mechanics, including the formidable War Elephants.

Hannibal Barca was not just one of Carthage’s greatest commanders—he was one of the most daunting tacticians of history. He can crack the whip and get previously slow units like elephants and heavy infantry moving, which is perfect for ambushes. Hasdrubal Barca, another legendary Carthage commander, can both buff and debuff units. Used to aid fast, light units or hinder pesky enemies standing in your way, these skills are invaluable.

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The faction of Carthage boasts strong, mobile infantry, as well as excellent skirmish cavalry. And who could forget the War Elephant in the room? They are a unit unlike anything else in Total War: ARENA, near-invulnerable and capable of trampling prone units. A real thorn in Rome’s side, Carthage excels at ambush tactics, and their speed allows them to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield, which makes them an unpredictable foe.

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